A History of the Oratorio: Vol. 4: The Oratorio in the by Howard E. Smither

By Howard E. Smither

With this quantity, Howard Smither completes his huge History of the Oratorio. Volumes 1 and a pair of, released via the collage of North Carolina Press in 1977, handled the oratorio within the Baroque period, whereas quantity three, released in 1987, explored the style within the Classical period. right here, Smither surveys the heritage of 19th- and twentieth-century oratorio, stressing the most geographic parts of oratorio composition and function: Germany, Britain, the United States, and France.

Continuing the technique of the former volumes, Smither treats the oratorio in each one language and geographical quarter through first exploring the cultural and social contexts of oratorio. He then addresses aesthetic concept and feedback, treats libretto and song in most cases, and gives certain analyses of the librettos and tune of particular oratorios (thirty-one in all) which are of designated value to the heritage of the genre.

As a synthesis of specialised literature in addition to an research of basic resources, this paintings will function either a springboard for additional learn and a necessary reference for choral conductors, soloists, choral singers, and others drawn to the heritage of the oratorio.

Originally released 2000.

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